Ex-State Health Worker Admits To Illegal Data Breach

By Kurt Orzeck (October 10, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT) -- An ex-South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services employee allegedly involved in a political scandal faces up to 25 years in prison, after pleading guilty to accessing confidential agency health records for 228,000 people, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Christopher R. Lykes Jr., 38, pled guilty to four felony counts of willful examination of private records by a public official and to one felony count of criminal conspiracy. Each count is punishable by up to five years prison, a $5,000 fine or both, according to Tuesday's announcement.

Lykes allegedly stole personal information pertaining to 228,000 individuals, including their...

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